Sujet du bac L 2009: Anglais LV1
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Sujet du bac L 2009: Anglais LV1


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Texte adapted from April Shadows, by V.C. Andrews, (Pocket, September 13, 2005). Brenda was an excellent athlete.
Sujet du bac 2009, Terminale L, Réunion



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Published 01 January 2009
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Brenda was an excellent athlete. At five-foot-eleven
in her junior year, she was
the star of the girls' varsiti
basketball team and the girls' volleyball team. She had
already broken all the school's scoring records. Her picture was almost always in the
weekend paper's sports pages. Scouts had come from colleges to watch her play.
There was talk that she might have an opportunity
to play for the United States
volleyball team in the Olympics. Other fathers attended the games and sat watching
with proud smiles on their faces. About the time Daddy became our own Mr. Hyde,
he stopped going altogether and then started to ridicule Brenda by telling her things
like, "You're not going to be a professional athlete. Why waste your time?" He told
her he thought her grades could be higher, even though she ran a good B+ average
with all her extracurricular activities.
"If you didn't waste your time with all these games, you'd have As instead," he
said. "It's about time you got serious about your life and stopped all this childish
He had never called it that, had never tried to discourage her from participating.
When he spoke to her like this, Brenda's eyes would become glassy with tears,
but she would not cry or respond. Sometimes, she could be harder than he was, and
she would stand there as still and as cold as a petrified tree while he rained his
lectures and complaints down around her. She looked as if she had turned off her
ears and turned her eyes completely around. I cowered in the corner or ran up to my
room, crying as much for her as I did for myself and Mama.
Because of all this, our family dinners turned into silent movies. The tinkle of
glasses, dishes, and silverware was like thunder.
Brenda wouldn't talk about her
games anymore, and Mama was afraid to bring up any subject because Daddy would
either be sarcastic or complain. He would sit there scowling or rubbing his temples. If
Mama asked him what was wrong, he would just grunt and say, "Nothing, nothing.
Don't start nagging me."
I kept my eyes down. I was afraid to breathe too loudly.
After dinner, Daddy often retreated as quickly as he could to his law office,
claiming he had work he had to finish, and on weekdays he was gone before any of
us had gotten up for breakfast. He never used to do that. Mornings were a happy
time for us once. We greeted one another as though we had been apart for weeks.
Soon there were days when he didn't come home at night at all, claiming he had to
make trips to service clients or deal with business matters. It seemed he would find
any excuse he could to avoid being with us, and when he had to be with us, he was
there only the minimum amount of time possible. Although Mama was ashamed to
tell us, there were nights when he didn't come to bed. Instead, he claimed he had
fallen asleep in his office on the sofa.
At first, Mama thought that he had found a lover and he wanted to get rid of us.
She theorized that in his eyes, we had become a burden, dragging him down into
waters that aged and weakened him. She was sure he blamed us for every gray hair,
every wrinkle, every new ache.
"Men go through their own sort of change of life," she rationalized.
"It actually
terrifies them. He'll get over it," she said. It sounded more like a prayer she wasn't
getting, answered, because neither Brenda nor I saw any signs of his getting over it.
On the contrary, he was getting worse.
[... ] Eventually,
we found
out why Daddy had turned
into Mr. Hyde. The
revelation was a bright flash that lit up all our dark confusion.
It was like lightning
piercing the walls of our home and making the air sizzle around us. All of our lives
were caught in mid-sentence.
Our hearts tightened like fists in our chests. Even our
tears were caught unaware
and too far down, buried under layers of anger and
to come quickly enough to the surface. I thought the whole world
had stopped in surprise and shock. Everything I had thought real turned out to be
illusion, and everything I thought was just an illusion turned out to be real.
The hardest thing for us to learn and accept was that Daddy had done all he
had done, said all the nasty things he had said, avoided us as much as he had
avoided us because he loved us so much. To love someone so much that you would
rather hurt them now than have them unhappy forever is a love so powerful it is
beyond understanding.
Mama felt betrayed because he hadn't told her, Brenda hated herself for the
things she had done and said to him, and I wondered what the difference really was
between love and hate.
It took me a long time to find out, and I'm still not totally sure I know.
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1. How many characters are there? Name them.
2. Who is the narrator? How is this person related to the others? Justify with elements from
the text. (at least 2 elements)
4. What is Brenda like at sport? Answer in your own words and pick out five quotations to
illustrate your answer.
5. What did Brenda's father reproach her with? What do you learn about his opinion about
sport? Explain in your own words, and justify by quoting from the text. (at least 50 words)
6. Compare and contrast Brenda's and the narrator's reactions to the father's criticism. Say it
in your own words.(30 words)
7. 'Our family dinners turned into silent movies.' (1.22) Explain this statement in your own
8. Read from 1.29down to 1.38.Say whether the following statements are RIGHT or WRONG
and justify by quoting from the text.
a) In the past, they didn't use to see one another for long periods of time.
b) The father was absent every night.
c) He sometimes spent the night on the sofa in his office in town.
10. What changes in attitude does the mother go through as far as the father's change in
behaviour is concerned? Describe these stages in your own words. (at least 50 words)
Translate into French the passage from 1.52
thought the whole world ..:
down to 1.62
•... between love and hate',